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Meet the Maker #3

Maker number 3 is the fabulous Suzy Schwenk! As well as making beautiful jewellery and being one of our first artists to get involved, Suzy has been CH+’s number one volunteer since the beginning. She’s volunteered at all our sales and most of our F-Art club groups (including earlier in the morning than anyone would want!).

Thank you so much Suzy <3

How are you finding the winter so far?

It’s a bit cold and dark but a good excuse to do lots of knitting.

What’s your favourite material to work with?

At the moment I’ve mostly been working with beads and stones but I love doing anything crafty where I can work with my hands.

When did you start making things and how long have you been making things for? I’ve always loved making things but have only started making jewellery (which is currently my main focus) in the last few months.

What’s your favourite piece you’ve ever made?

I made a panda on a stick once that I was very proud of.

Any new years resolutions?

To be more tolerant and spend less time in my pyjamas.

Any advice to other local creatives?

You don’t have to be amazingly talented to be creative and enjoy making things.

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Meet the Maker #1

The first maker we are going to meet is…. Jayne Pennington, of Don’t Be A Sheep Etsy store.

 

“Hiya everyone, I’m Jayne, I’m a nearly – cough-splutter – 54yr old, basically redundant mum of 3 grown up kids that can now feed themselves. Only my disabled daughter to still really take care of.

I started knitting probably when I was 10 or 11 years old, making jumpers but I now make mostly toys, although if someone asks for something I usually do it.

I love to knit with today’s wools. I’ll try any out, I love to find a basic pattern and completely change it to something else, I am very, very picky… If something doesn’t look right to me it gets started again.

Knitting in winter is brilliant! It keeps you warm, makes you have more time to yourself and gives you every excuse not to go out in the crappy weather. I hate winter.

My favourite thing I’ve ever made is my huge top cat jumper. I love doing intarsia knits, and I have made over 30 jumpers with huge cartoon characters on the front, but Top Cat was my first at 19yrs old. It’s still going: it’s been painted in, been to festivals, been to America, and had 3 kids in it at once. I love it.

Jayne in her 34-yr old, hand-made, Top Cat jumper!

 

I probably have one new year resolution for the first time ever…be more prepared with Christmas makes, it’s not fun playing catch-up everyday.

 

What’s your advice to other local creatives who struggle to get round to making?

If you can, set aside a day or two a week with no distractions (hide the gin). Don’t stay up late to get things done, it usually ends up wrong. Start fresh the next day.

Above all, have fun and enjoy what you do ?

Thank you, Jayne!

 

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LET THE F-ART CLUBS BEGIN

The official launch of our weekly, pay-as-you-feel art-for-wellbeing drop-ins is this week!

This week we will be making collages, using a variety of paper materials, stamps and mark-making implements.

F-Art club will run every this week, and the following weeks, on Sundays at Dulcimer Bar, Chorlton, from 2-4pm.

The drop in is open for everyone, however as with our other work we are specifically looking to target those with long term health difficulties and/or disabilities.

The venue is wheelchair accessible and coffee is only £1.90!

Please don’t hesitate to message with any questions 🙂

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Every week we will also have a variety of items from our online shop for sale – beautiful things made by local people!

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Thank you to all our happy customers!

Phew, what a great day!

Thank you to everyone who came and purchased handmade goods and piece of art from our artists on Sunday at Dulcimer.

 

Artist Suzy Schwenk was a star all day and thank you to everyone else who came down to show your support.

 

Thank you also to superstar flamenco guitar player Tom Page for providing us with some gorgeous live music later in the afternoon.

We had some lovely work from the wonderful Becky Beighton @tit_ts which went down a storm.

Keep your eyes on this space, as more goodies will be uploaded onto our shop over the next few days.

 

 

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Launch Event // Art Sale // Family Activities // Live Music

It’s finally here!

Join us on the ground floor of kind Dulcimer in Chorlton this Sunday 14th October for our official CH+ launch event.

Everything on the website and many more exclusive items from our existing and new artists will be for sale on the day (cash only though, I’m afraid!)

There will be family-friendly art activities and live music from local Flamenco guitarist Tom Page from 3pm.

The event will last 12.30pm-5pm with £5 pizzas and non-booze + boozey drinks available.

If you want to sell your artwork please get in touch by Tuesday 5pm as we are running out of space on the stall already!

SELL YOUR ARTWORK